Jordan T. Luplow (pronounced "LOOP-low")... Is a 2012 graduate of Buchanan High School in Clovis, CA...Named first-team all-conference as a junior after hitting .420 with eight home runs, 11 doubles and 30 RBI… Participated in California North/South series and Rawlings NorCal World Series in 2011…Missed most of his senior high school season rehabbing from injury and appeared in just four games…Was also a First-team all-conference selection in football as a kicker and defensive back...Played baseball at Fresno State for three seasons (2012-2014); was a teammate of New York's Aaron Judge in 2012 and 2013... Was honored as the Mountain West Conference Playerof-the-Year in 2014 after hitting .377 with 21 doubles, one triple, nine homers, 48 RBI and 40 runs scored in 57 games...Was also announced as a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist in 2014 and was named a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award, recognizing college baseball's breakout player-of-the-year...Was named a second-team NCAA AllAmerican and a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Louisville Slugger third-team All-American in 2014...Batted .314 with 14 home runs and 103 RBI in 157 games during his three seasons at Fresno State...Hit .325 with four homers and 28 RBI in 41 games with the Orleans Firebirds in the 2013 Cape Cod League...His great uncle, Al Luplow, spent seven seasons in the Majors (1961-1967) and played for the Pirates in 1967...Signed by Pirates scout Mike Sansoe.
Hit .302 (125-for-414) with 22 doubles, 23 home runs and 56 RBI in 117 minor league games and was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Player-of-the-Year...Also produced a .381 OBP and a .907 OPS during his time in the minors...His 23 home runs led the minor league system and were the most by a Pirates minor league player since JaCoby Jones hit 23 in 2014...Set minor league career highs in batting, games, hits and home runs; tied career high in runs scored (also 2015)...Began season with Double-A Altoona, where he was named to the Eastern League midseason All-Star team...Hit .500 (11-for-22) with five homers in seven games between 5/29 and 6/4 and was named Eastern League Player-of-the-Week...Became fastest Curve player ever to reach 14 home runs to open a season on 6/6, accomplishing the feat in 52 games...Was tied for fifth in the Eastern League with 16 home runs when he was promoted to Indianapolis on 6/30...Hit safely in each of his first seven Triple-A games, going 10-for-27 (.370) with three homers and seven RBI...Scored four runs on 7/6 at Columbus; the first Indy player to do so since Steve Pearce on 5/29/09... Was selected by Pittsburgh on 7/28 and made Major League debut that night in San Diego; started in right field and went 0-for-3 at the plate...Went hitless in nine at bats (four games) with the Pirates before being optioned back to Triple-A on 8/2...Was recalled on 8/28 and hit .246 in 20 games during the month of September...Singled off Cincinnati's Tyler Mahle for first big league hit on 9/2, snapping an 0-for12 streak to begin his career...Connected off Cincinnati LHP Wandy Peralta for first Major League homer on 9/2... Collected first Major League triple on 9/24 vs. St. Louis (also homered in the game)...Made 13 starts in right field and seven in left field for the Pirates...Hit .225 (16-for-71) with three doubles, three homers and 11 RBI in his 20 starts.
Spent entire season with High-A Bradenton...Made all 81 defensive appearances (79 starts) in left field...Hit .317 (19-for-60) in 19 games during the month of June.
Made a position change from outfield to third base while playing the entire season with West Virginia...Ranked second in the South Atlantic League in extra-base hits (51) and tied for second in runs scored...Also tied for fourth in doubles and slugging percentage...Set minor league career highs in doubles and RBI...Also swiped 11 bases in 13 attempts...Made all 86 defensive appearances at third base...Was named the league's Player-of-the-Week after hitting .382 (13-for-34) with two homers and eight RBI during the week of 8/3-10...Hit safely in 13 straight games between 8/2-15 (21-for-53, .396).
Spent first professional season with Jamestown after being selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the FirstYear Player Draft...Was named the team's Most Valuable Player...Led all New York-Penn outfielders with 17 assists... Made 46 appearances (45 starts) in left field and 12 starts in right field...Had nine assists from LF and eight from RF... Hit .366 (15-for-41) with two home runs and eight RBI in his first 12 pro games thru 7/3.